Man Identified After Fatal Car Accident in Chico

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April 17, 2019
Edward Smith

Man Identified After Fatal Car Accident in Chico

Chico Police Department (CPD) reported that one individual was fatally injured during a local collision on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Officers stated that the collision involved three separate vehicles and happened in the early evening. Additionally, two other people suffered injuries that required hospitalization. Butte County officials identified the fatally injured man as Virgil Santos, a 64-year-old resident of Chico. My sympathy is with Mr. Santos’ loved ones while they are mourning their tragic loss.

Crash Details

CPD stated that the accident happened at around 5:45 p.m. A car had been traveling east on East Avenue heading toward Marigold Avenue. Reports indicated that the vehicle was driving at high speeds. As the car entered the Marigold/East Avenue intersection, it collided with a northbound vehicle. After the two cars crashed into each other, one was pushed into a third vehicle that had been occupied by three individuals. The original two cars were severely damaged in the accident while the third was left with minor damage.

CHP reported that multiple accident witnesses reported the crash directly after it took place. Emergency officials stated that three people with serious injuries were found at the scene of the collision. All three individuals were placed on ambulances and transported to an area hospital for immediate treatment. Tragically, doctors could not stabilize Mr. Santos who passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital.


CPD’s Major Accident Investigation Team is handling the investigation of this accident. Police say that East Avenue near Marigold Avenue was closed off to vehicles for over five hours while investigators searched the scene for evidence. A full report on suspected collision factors has not been released. However, speeding is confirmed as a possible cause of the accident. Police say that they are still trying to determine whether or not any drugs or alcohol played a part in the crash.

What To Do After a Fatal Accident

Many people are left completely overwhelmed after learning that a person they love has passed away in a car accident. Dealing with the intense process of grieving can be even harder when you know that the accident could have been prevented if it wasn’t for the negligent actions of reckless drivers. While the presence of a loved one can’t be replaced, people can often claim payments for their losses by filing wrongful death claims. To learn more about wrongful death claims, it is best to contact an attorney to get specific advice about your situation. If you want to know a bit more about wrongful death claims before making a call, see the below video:

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